Researching STEM for Life Sciences (899S2)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module aims to develop the skills and understanding required for explaining scientific concepts to a range of audiences, with a particular focus on school aged pupils (11-18). At the start of the module there will be a lecture and a seminar to introduce the project. Tutorials will follow to aid you with your research project.

The module will involve time in an educational institution carrying out a research project based on an aspect of science communication. You will consider an area of interest, relating to the communicating STEM (which is run in the Autumn term and is a pre-requisite to this module), and carry out some literature-based research. You will then design and carry out a hypothesis-driven research project. This is likely to be based on class observations in a chosen school, possibly with some intervention activities that you would evaluate based on your literature review.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: